April 2014 Articles
Los Angeles, Ca. – August 2011
I got kind of lost editing this one. I almost gave up. I even thought about not posting it, but then I remembered the goal of my daily quick edit. It's supposed to be about exploration, not the final product. I definitely explored some uncharted territory for this one.
New York, New York – July, 2013
I like how all these people are crossing a busy city street and no one is looking at each other or even their surroundings. The boy looks lost. Maybe he is using his iPhone to figure out where he is or where he is going.
I'm dissapointed with how these images look after compressed for web view. I imagine this one printed about four feet tall. The details are wonderful, but mostly lost in the full image view.
Here's a crop which shows the details a little better.
Make sure to click on each image for a larger view.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Ca. - March, 2102
Its seems completely fitting to me, to appy this treatment to a photo of the Andy Warhol Self Portrait, hanging in the SFMOMA.
I've always like this capture of my son Sanford observing the Warhol print. Sanford's body language mimicks the movement of Andy's fingers resting on his chin, and the similar hair style gives the sense that Sanford is looking at a reflection of himself.
News about Warhol's recently recovered digital art from 1985 caught my attention and made me take pause about my own personal creative direction. There is no doubting the similarities or influence. New Andy Warhol art made on Commodore Amiga in 1985 found on old floppy disks
I think Andy Warhol would approve though. Warhol questioned consumerisim and high art by exploring iconic subjects produced by mass culture, and himself became an cultural icon in his own right. It's easy to believe Warhol would have pioneered the world of digital art had he lived long enough.
Sacramento, Ca. - April 2014
I'm continuing down the path of crazy color edits with Lightroom. This is an image of a palm tree, looking up the trunk towards the palm branches. I originally took the photo because I was drawn to the symmetry of the lines and shapes. I tried to accentuate that with color.
Queen Califia Magic Circle, Escondido Ca. - March 2011
I've finally broken "outside the box" of Lightroom editing. It only took a little less than 2 months to get there. I'm excited by where the possibilities might take me. I really like this look because it is so similar to the patterns that I like to draw.
Here is a detail.
Old Town San Diego - September 2007
Today I played around with creating my own photo illustration presets in Lightroom. I like a filtered looking photo when the style makes sense for the subject. That's the challenging part. I think this photo was a perfect choice for this effect.
Here's the original photo.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido, Ca. - July 2006
This image predates me photographing in raw, or editing with Lightroom. Editing this image reminded me of why my Daily Edit Challenge is a good thing. Without it, this photo may have spent the rest of eternity on a DVD.
This image is also a good reminder for me to go to the park with my camera more often. I don't think I've tried photographing these birds since then.
Lake Poway, California - April, 2014
I took this photo while hiking yesterday morning. I love the serenity of the composition.
International World Peace Rose Garden, California State Capitol, Sacramento - April, 2014
I had been to the State Capitol once before but had missed the Rose Garden. On my second visit, this is where I ended up spending most of my time. I love roses. The garden was in full bloom with every color of rose represented. The aroma was just as rich. I wish I could have bottled it.
Here's more information about the garden worldpeacerosegardens.org
Torrey Pines Beach, San Diego Ca. - January, 2009
I remember this day well. It was my birthday and the whole family joined me for a hike down to the beach. I had rented a wide angle lens for the day, and loved the kinds of images I could capture with it. My girlfriend Jenny joined us. She took this picture of our family.
I decided to edit this one by starting with a Lightroom preset. In general I'm not a fan of presets or plugins. I really haven't used presets before, but am now thinking I need give them a fair shot. Maybe they could help me see possibilities that I'm not getting to on my own.
UCSD Extension Parking, San Diego, Ca. – January, 2013
I was in the mood for an abstract today. One of the benefits of having an organized Lightroom catalog is that it's easy to find groups of images using Smart Collections, assuming you've taken the time to add keywords. I have a smart collection titled "Abstract".
There are currently 217 images in the collection. I'm sure I can find 10 times that if I start keywording abstracts as I see them in the library.
Safari Park, San Diego, Ca. – April, 2014
I filled a 16GB memory card photographing butterflies. I wasn't very sucessful but I had fun trying. I also learned a lot from my mistakes, and look forward to trying it again.
Iron Mountain, San Diego,Ca - December, 2013
Today I intentionally picked a poor image from my catalog, just to see what I could make from it using Lightroom. This was photographed at sunrise, looking north east from the Iron Mountain hiking trail. I wanted to capture the morning haze, which I partially did, along with quite a bit of glare. In this photo I think the lens flare actually adds interest to the image.
San Diego, Ca. - April, 2014
I love the fluffy clouds contrasting with the square windows and how the reflection of palm trees gets broken up. I also really like the square shape street light reflected in the lower right.
Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum, Escondido, Ca - June, 2011
The Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum seems to be a place that time forgot. Very few people know about it, and fewer go visit. My son and I wandered the property for hours without seeing another soul. I'm not sure how it sustains itself with so few visitors and no marketing. I need to get back again soon, while I can.
Iron Mountain, San Diego, Ca. - April, 2014
I took this picture yesterday on hike to the top of Iron Mountain with my girlfriend Carey. The clouds started rolling in before we reached the top. At the top we were enveloped by the clouds and had no view at all. The sun painted shape in the foreground looks a little like a camel to me. Behind the clouds, Poway and Rancho Bernardo are fully lit by the morning sun.
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, CA. - September, 2008
Five years after San Deigo County's devasting Cedar Fire, my girlfriend Grace and I were suprised to find abundant evidence of the fire destruction, but were encouraged to see rich new growth everywhere. We also found this simple cross with no markings amognst a patch of burned out brush.
Los Ageles, CA. - May, 2013
The Black Keys performed at Adobe MAX last year. I went alone, which gave me the flexibility to take a lot of pictures. I shot this with a 50mm prime lens on my Canon 7D, ISO 1600 - f/5.6 - 1/100. It's not as sharp as I'l like, but good enough to have captured a great memory.
I didn't make it all the way to the stage, but close enough. This was captured by holding the camera above my head with the live view on. It's only slightly cropped to remove a few heads in the forground.
I edited it for a warm, retro look, which pretty much matches the mood of being there.
San Diego, Ca. - May, 2014
I had never noticed how pretty Eucalyptus tree blossoms are until I spotted the light on this bunch. The image looks like it was captured with artificial lighting, but the scene was actually lit by sunlight bouncing off of a glass building about 200 yards behind me.
Venice Beach, Ca. - November, 2012
Murals are always fun to photograph. I like the graphic qualities of this one. Who's looking at who here? The eyeball in the mural makes me feel like there must be people in those windows peering out at me too.
Eagle Crest Golf Course, Escondido Ca. - November 2012
A good friend gave me a 24" Apple monitor today without warning. Between going to pick it up and then completely rearranging my desk tonight, I almost ran out of time for the daily edit. This is the first image edited in Lightroom with a dual monitor set up. I love it already.
Today is a day to count my blessings and reflect on how many really special people are in my life.